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23 03, 2017

4 Reasons to Start Planning for the ELD Mandate Now

MARCH 23, 2017 - On December 17, 2017, the ELD mandate goes into effect. For drivers who currently fill out a paper log book, and don’t qualify for an exemption, this means you’ll need a compliant ELD product in your truck before the deadline. Keep in mind that while December might seem far away, you [...]

20 03, 2017

It’s Coming: The 2017 Roadcheck Inspection Blitz

MARCH 21, 2017 - The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the dates for its annual roadside inspection blitz, which will take place from Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8.  During this 72-hour period, approximately 17 Level 1 Inspections will be conducted every minute. During last year’s blitz, a total of 62,796 inspections were [...]

10 03, 2017

Q&A: DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

MARCH 10, 2017 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires Random Drug & Alcohol Testing for anybody who operates vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or Combination Weight Rating of at least 26,001 pounds; who operates vehicles that can transport at least 16 passengers including the driver; or who transports hazardous materials [...]

23 02, 2017

The Biennial MCS-150 Update: Are You in Compliance?

FEBRUARY 23, 2017 - There are a variety of reasons why motor carriers are required to update their MCS-150 filing.  Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the update, why it’s important and how to get it done fast. The MCS-150, or Motor Carrier Identification Report, is a form filed to [...]

14 02, 2017

Understanding Your Pre-Employment Drug Testing Requirements

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 - Most FMCSA-regulated business owners understand that drivers “have to take a drug test.” And although pre-employment drug testing is a relatively uncomplicated procedure, there are specific requirements that must be met. What is a Pre-Employment (PE) Drug Test? This is the initial urine drug screen that should be given after you [...]

7 02, 2017

UCR Enforcement – What You Need to Know

February 7, 2017 - As of January 1, 2017, roadside inspections to enforce the UCR program for 2016 and 2017 have begun. If you don’t currently have a UCR, it’s important you get one right away. Why? Unregistered motor carriers who cross state lines without one could be fined and have their trucks pulled off [...]

2 02, 2017

FMCSA Delays New Driver Training Rule

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed the effective date of a new rule establishing national truck driver training standards.  The notice was published Feb. 1 and officially delays the effective date of the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operations to March 21, 2017. The rule was originally [...]

31 01, 2017

Understanding the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

JANUARY 31, 2017 - The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill of 2012, went into effect this month, with full compliance effective three years later in January 2020. But what does this new regulation mean for employers?  And how will their pre-employment requirements [...]

22 12, 2016

FMCSA Announces URS Delay: Here’s How it Affects You

DECEMBER 22, 2016 – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that the next phase of their Unified Registration System (URS) rollout will be pushed back slightly. The new implementation date – which should be released in early January – will address changes to how motor carriers update their USDOT numbers, as well as [...]

20 12, 2016

How Federal Regulations Impact Small Businesses

DECEMBER 20, 2016 - Anyone who has gone through the process of obtaining a DOT number has had some experience with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Many smaller business owners assume their time with the FMCSA ends when that process is complete. After all, we tend to think of them as the agency whose [...]